Dental Crowns and Bridges

Our teeth are incredibly strong and durable, which is a good thing considering the wear and tear we put them through! Over time, teeth can decay, break, or fracture and need treatment with a dental crown to give them a second chance. 

Tooth loss is another problem that patients of any age can experience, and in this case, we offer several tooth replacement options, including dental bridges.

With high-quality crowns and bridges at our Odessa, FL dental office, we restore the appearance, strength, and appearance lost with broken or missing teeth. We use all-ceramic and zirconia to customize tooth restorations that look natural and blend beautifully with your smile.

What Does a Dental Crown Do?

You wear a helmet during certain activities to protect your head from injury, and a crown works the same way. Think of a crown as a little porcelain or zirconia helmet that covers an entire tooth to protect it so you can use it to chew again. 

For this reason, you may also hear crowns referred to as caps or tooth caps.

When We Recommend Dental Crowns

Dr. Hayder Kafaji commonly recommends a dental crown or cap to protect and strengthen a tooth that’s broken, cracked, or too decayed to treat with a filling.

Other uses for crowns are supporting dental bridgework, restoring a dental implant, or covering a tooth to improve its aesthetics.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

A bridge is a dental prosthetic that replaces one or two consecutive missing teeth. It’s called a bridge because that’s how it works; crowns attached to adjacent teeth act as support for an artificial tooth that spans the gap created by missing teeth.

It’s always a good idea to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible, even if it isn’t visible when you smile. Losing a single tooth impacts all your other teeth whether or not you realize it and can lead to tooth movement, bite problems, teeth grinding, and TMJ pain.

What’s the Process for Getting a Crown or Bridge?

Crowns and bridges do different things, but the steps for getting them are similar and require two appointments at Mint Dental Care.

Step 1: Preparing for Your New Crown or Bridge

During this visit, Dr. Hayder trims the shape and size of the tooth he’s treating. This step makes space for the crown, so it fits seamlessly with surrounding teeth. 

Next, we scan your teeth using our iTero digital scanner, which improves the accuracy of crowns or bridges without messy impression material. A top-quality custom dental lab then uses the digital impressions to mold and shape the restoration to look like a natural tooth. We place a temporary crown or bridge on the tooth to protect it while we wait for the delivery of your final restoration.

Step 2: Placing the Crown or Bridge on Your Tooth

When your crown or bridge is ready, you’ll return to Mint Dental Care, where we check it for fit. Dr. Hayder places it on the tooth to make sure all teeth meet evenly when you bite down and adjust it as needed. When he is confident the fit is perfect, he polishes the restoration and bonds it securely in place.

A crown or bridge can last for decades when you brush and floss conscientiously and keep up with routine dental appointments.

Do You Need a Solution for Broken or Missing Teeth?

Dr. Hayder combines artistry and science to create stunning, realistic crowns and bridges that look like healthy natural teeth. If you need a solution for broken, decayed, or missing teeth, please call our Odessa, FL dental office to schedule a convenient appointment.

At Mint Dental Care (formerly Dental Pros of Tampa), we enjoy serving patients from Tampa, Odessa, Greater Northdale, Keystone, Westchase, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Cheval, Lutz, and beyond.